In the face of trials, if our focus is on God and the big picture of His Kingdom, He will rescue us - either in this life or the next. God can affect our minds through His Spirit, and we are to be involved in the process of stirring up the Spirit.
Before his retirement in 2021, Dr. Donald Ward pastored churches in Texas and Louisiana, and taught at Ambassador Bible College in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has also served as chairman of the Council of Elders of the United Church of God. He holds a BS degree; a BA in theology; a MS degree; a doctor’s degree in education from East Texas State University; and has completed 18 hours of graduate theology from SMU.